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Bold & Beautiful Black Staircase Ideas

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Black staircases can be a truly unique addition to your home. Bold and dramatic sweeps of dark as the focal point in your hallway create a stunning visual impression. A black staircase can sound intimidating, though: is black too dark for a staircase? Not if you do it well.

We’ve compiled these striking black staircase ideas that can suit a number of home styles and living spaces, from simple black accents or chic black and white staircase ideas to black stair runners. Get inspired with these easily achievable black staircase ideas and spruce up your staircase.

Black Staircase Design and Decoration Ideas

Black Painted Staircase

Sometimes, all your stairs need to get a completely new look is a fresh coat of paint. If you’ve got a hardwood staircase, painting it black can lend it an updated look that evokes sophisticated elegance. Make sure you know the best paint for staircases and go for a deeply pigmented black. A glossy finish can add a pleasing sheen while a matte finish can evoke understated cool on your painted black staircase. This kind of idea works really well with white walls for a striking contrast that is simple but effective. If you’re worried about it being too dark, you can remedy this with smart staircase lighting.

Black and White Staircase Ideas

Black staircase design can work best when you use it as contrast against something else. Black and white is a timeless combination that is always sophisticated and cool. A black and white staircase shows considered interior design and works in both traditional and modern homes. 

Paint the Risers and Treads

One of the best ways to achieve a black and white colour scheme is through painted stairs. Specifically, through painting the treads and risers of your staircase in black and white. Paint the treads black and the risers white for the best results. The added depth that this clever colour combination gives can be very appealing to the eye. Black works best on the stair treads as the standard scuffs and scratches that occur from repeated foot traffic are much less obvious. With white painted risers, there is the feeling of more space as the colour can evoke the illusion of a floating staircase.

Contrasting Spindles

When you want transformative staircase renovation ideas, one of the best is changing your stair spindles. If you have a wooden staircase, removing the spindles and replacing them with wrought iron spindles is a subtle way to incorporate the sophisticated feel of black to your staircase. Similarly, dark stainless steel spindles can add a contemporary touch to a white staircase with its sleek chic.

If you don’t want to remove and install new spindles, simply paint the spindles instead. Alternating black and white is unique and playful and adds a decorative flair to an otherwise plain staircase.

Modern Black Staircases

Sculptural Staircase

When you’re looking to bring contemporary chic to your home, a black staircase is the ultimate centrepiece. A blocky metal staircase entirely in black can look like an uber-modern sculpture with its angular lines and imposing presence. When you’re thinking about modern materials, metals like chrome can really add that sleek contemporary touch. Consider black metal balustrades in geometric patterned shapes for an eye-catching design as well.

Spiral Staircase

A spiral staircase is a fantastically modern staircase design idea. Spiral staircases can be the perfect stair solution for a small space or as a loft conversion staircase. Stylish and minimalist or grand and sweeping; a spiral staircase is a versatile design piece that can be a wonderful focal point in your home.

Grey and Black Staircases

Grey stair runner with stair rod

Grey and black can work surprisingly well together. Add depth and dynamism to your staircase with complementing shades of black and grey. A black balustrade paired with grey stairs works particularly well as a way of framing the grey with an artfully considered border. If you have completely black stairs, a grey stair runner will look very sophisticated and the complementary hues attractive.

We stock sumptuous carpet runners like this light grey runner from our Pure range which will look elegant and high-quality on any black staircase. Read more about our stair runners below.

Black Staircase With Runner Ideas

Any hardwood stair can be instantly transformed with a high-quality stair carpet runner. We are the experts in stair runners and stair rods. Here are some of our top picks of the black stair runners from our range:

Zebra Border

Black Staircase runner with Zebra Runner

This black stair runner with zany zebra border would bring a uniquely stylish touch to a white staircase and would work particularly well as part of a wider black and white themed hallway. 

Richelieu Escalier

pure black stair runner

This is a pure black stair runner providing a simple but powerful style statement for your stairs. Understated but attractive, this is a fantastic base against which to style more ambitious decorative stair elements. 

Greek Key

Stair runner with greek border pattern

Classically inspired border patterns are paired with the chic of jet black in this elegant runner. The solid colour base allows the funky geometric patterning to shine. This runner would pair well with other modern sculptures and a black and white theme.

Striped Black

Stripped Black Stair Runner

Add dynamism to your staircase with this black, grey and cream stair runner. Its vertical stripes are pleasing to the eye and make the staircase appear more streamlined and longer, enhancing its elegance.

Pair Your Stair Runner With Stair Rods

Black Royale Stairrod

A stair runner needs to be secured to your stairs. Stair rods are the most aesthetically pleasing way to achieve this. Luckily, we stock a huge range of stunning stair rods that are made to match with or to complement our stair runners. If you’re choosing a black stair runner, pair it with a glistening chrome rod for a distinguished look. Or, choose a black stair rod for a lighter stair runner to create an attractive contrast or for delicate accents of black. 

Secure the Special Finishing Touches For Your Black Staircase

Whatever accessories you’re looking for to complete your staircase, we have a premium range of superb-quality products you’re sure to love. If you’re jazzing up your stairs, don’t neglect to bring the rest of your hallway in line. After all, it’s the finishing touches that make all the difference.

Complement your runner and rods with our door thresholds and skirting board protectors. You can even shop our stock by finish or by colour, so you can find the perfect addition to make your beautiful black staircase all the more beautiful. 

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